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Review: Superman: Red and Blue #2

Superman: Red and Blue #2

I loved the debut of Superman: Red and Blue. The first issue was such a fresh take on Superman with a delivery that mixed in socio-political issues and the character’s limits and failures. Mixed with beautiful art, it was a debut that forced you to take notice. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is entertaining in its own way but falls far short of that first issue that soared.

There isn’t anything particularly bad about Superman: Red and Blue #2. There are five stories that are all entertaining in their own way. The stories vary in their focus and art style each delivering its own take on the character and his world. But, none of the stories really stand out. They’re entertaining while you read but I didn’t find the issue sticking with me in the same way as the first. It’s a case of starting out with a debut that’s almost “too good”. It’s difficult to match that level of quality.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 has its highlights. The comic debuts and opens with an interesting and emotional take on Clark’s relationship with his parents. It’s one that takes on negative perceptions about adoption and stamps them down.

An entry that pits Lex Luthor against Superman has a tinge of humor that pays homage to past stories. It’s a cute, fun story that I’d love as a backup feature in a Superman comic.

Where the comic stands out is in its varied subject matter. The anthology features stories focused on Martha Kent, Val-Zod, Lex Luthor, a random young girl, and Cyborg Superman. Each story is good in its own way and are worth reading. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is a frustrating comic in a way. All of the stories would be great as backups to a regular running series. But, as an anthology the stories are a bit too different in their subjects and topics and far too often fall into Superman battling something or they fall into predictable cheese.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 is hampered by that amazing first issue. It hasn’t stuck with me as that debut has. It’s not one that I immediately raved about to others. It’s good. It’s an entertaining read to sit back and relax to. But, it doesn’t challenge or do anything really new or interesting with an iconic character. An anthology feels like it presents a way to try something new, not something we’ve seen before.

Story: Steven T. Seagle, Chuck Brown, Dan Panosian, Stephanie Phillips, Jason Howard
Art: Duncan Rouleau, Denys Cowan, John Stanisci, Dan Panosian, Marley Zarcone, Jason Howard
Color: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Pat Brosseau, Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh, Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Ultimate Spider-Man Debuting this Sunday

The most anticipated new animated series of the year, Ultimate Spider-Man, premieres on Disney XD on April 1 at 11a/10c. Go inside the show with this exclusive look behind the scenes with the powerhouse creators and the superstar voice cast.

Want even more? Stop by one of the ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN LAUNCH PARTY EVENTS on March 31, in NYC and LA, to meet some of the featured talent including Jeph Loeb, Paul Dini, Joe Quesada, Man of Action, Clark Gregg and more!

New York – March 31 12-4pm
Midtown Comics Downtown (64 Fulton Street, NYC)
Featuring Joe Quesada (Marvel Chief Creative Officer), Joe Kelly (Man of Action) and Chris Eliopoulos (Ultimate Spider-Man Premiere Comic)

Los Angeles – March 31 12-4pm
Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood)
Featuring Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of TV), Paul Dini (Creative Consultant), Duncan Rouleau & Steven T. Seagle (Man of Action), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) and Misty Lee (Aunt May)

Head over to Marvel.com for all the details: http://marvel.com/news/story/18388/ultimate_spider-man_kickoff_parties_in_ny_la

Review – Wildcats Version 3.0 Year Two


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Wildcats Version 3.0 Year TwoI never really got the original Wildcats series, I remember it being kinetic and all over the place, but the art and characters were pretty cool.  With that being said, I was skeptical when I received Wildcats Version 3.0 Year One in the mail a few months ago.  I was blown away.  Here was a brilliant mix of the traditional action comic book, but also a mix of political and corporate intrigue.

The second trade paperback of the series, Wildcats version 3.0 Year Two, picks up where the first left off.  However, it dives a lot more into the Wildcats lore with a pretty hefty side story featuring the Coda.  It’s an ok side story, but the main focus is the political and corporate storyline.  Jack Marlowe continues to build the Halo corporation.  They have now moved into the automotive and entertainment sectors.

What’s fascinating is the political aspect of the book.  What would happen if someone presented the ultimate solution to energy that occurs in this book?  Corporate and oil interests would of course flex their political muscle.  Washington would do everything they could to shut it down.  As rightfully pointed out in this comic series, an unlimited source of energy that’s able to power everything would fundamentally change the world and nations would rise and fall.

But, there’s a subtler theme about corporate altruism.  Can any corporation really be out for the greater good?  Is it possible with so many people they need to support?  Or the investors or stock holders that need to be kept happy?  It’s an interesting question and one I’m hoping the next volume looks at even more.

These first two volumes have it all, they’re both an absolute buy.

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Marvel Unveils All Star Creative Team For Ultimate Spider-Man Animated Series

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Marvel Unveils All Star Creative Team For ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN Animated Series

New York, NY—August 6, 2010—In a coup for Marvel Entertainment, Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel TV, revealed the all-star, award-winning creative team for the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, premiering on Disney XD. This team includes the most sought-after and acclaimed writers in the comic and television industries, including Eisner & Emmy award-winning scribe Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Lost); Eisner award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis (visionary behind Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man comic series); and the red-hot creative powerhouse Man of Action Studios (creators of hit series Ben 10 and Generator Rex), comprised of lauded creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle .

Steering Ultimate Spider-Man as the Creative Consultant, Dini will also write the series pilot; as Supervising Producers, Man of Action Studios will direct the writing staff, generate scripts and story edit; and Bendis, the man who reinvented Spider-Man for a new generation, will oversee the series as Consulting Producer.

“When we first sat down to discuss Ultimate Spider-Man, we put together a wish list of the most exciting talent working in animation who would bring the best voice and creative direction to the show — and I’m proud to say we got them all,” said Jeph Loeb.  “We want Ultimate Spider-Man to be a showcase for Marvel Animation and Spider-Man is the perfect character to give fans just what they want.”

Working in the Marvel Universe for the first time, Dini explained, “As a lifelong fan of the Marvel Universe, I’m excited to tackle these characters in such a bold new series. Ultimate Spider-Man will bring fans a new take on their favorite friendly neighborhood hero- and some surprise cast members– while staying true to what’s always made Spidey so popular. We’ve got a superb creative team assembled with amazing stories to tell and I can’t wait for fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

Bendis echoed those sentiments, exclaiming, “It’s Ultimate Spider-Man, the animated series—and it happened in my lifetime! That’s just so cool. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this and here’s to Jeph Loeb for putting it all together!”

Equally thrilled to join Ultimate Spider-Man, the Man of Action team explained, “We’re looking forward to having a lot of fun working on Spider-Man. They’ve brought us in to help provide a unique vision for the show while remaining absolutely true to the character, so that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. Should be a great ride!”

Cort Lane, Vice-President of Animation Production & Development added, “From The Super Hero Squad Show to the upcoming Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Animation is focused on making the best super hero shows for fans of all ages. Now, with this tremendous talent signed for Ultimate Spider-Man, we’re about to give fans super-powered animation like they’ve never seen before.”

For more news on Ultimate Spider-Man and all the exciting projects from Marvel Television, stay tuned to www.marvel.com

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